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BSNL showcases services, products

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IN an attempt to create more awareness of its services and products, BSNL's Bangalore Telecom district held an exhibition at the Institution of Engineers to show users how to get the best out of their humble telephones.

The exhibition was organised as part of the World Telecom Day celebrations. There was something for even those who did not own a telephone instrument and connection.

The India Telephone Card, meant for such people, and those on the move, is a pre-paid card available in denominations of Rs 105, 205, Rs 525, Rs 1,050, Rs 2,100 and Rs 5,250. Users can buy cards from any Food World outlet to make local, STD and ISD calls from any instrument. For home use, technology now allows a host of other services aimed at making life easier. The "phone +'' facilities include features such as call alert and call waiting; dynamic locking of STD and ISD using a password, hunting facility, automatic wake-up and reminder service which could be activated through a single call. Except for the automatic wake-up which is registered as two local calls, all other services are free.

The ordinary home-user who would not mind investing some more money could avail of the Direct Internet Access Service, a 128 kbps link through the ordinary telephone line. The DIAS service is available to a group, such as an apartment complex, or an office building for both Internet and telephone connectivity. BSNL also offers a fibre-to-the-building, an exchange through optic fibres for apartment and commercial complexes with 480 to 1,890 lines requirement.

This has already been installed in 50 locations in Bangalore. The exchange is installed by BSNL which charges users for the service alone, at the same rates as other land line calls.

For corporates, there is the managed leased line networks. Some of the important help lines include: for detailed meter readings (1679), help for women and children (1091 and 1098), the Jayadeva Heart Brigade (1051), senior citizens helpline (1090) and automatic bill status enquiry (1671-3).

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